Ron Bolt – From the Edge – New Atlantic Coastal Works
Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings of the sea by renowned Canadian painter, Ron Bolt. This exhibition will mark Bolt’s 9th solo exhibition with the gallery in what is the artist’s 80th year.
This series of paintings reflects Bolt’s continuing interest in the study of the sea and of coastal regions, in particular Newfoundland. Ron Bolt’s love of the province first began in the summer of 1971 when he was invited to spend three weeks in Hibb’s Cove, working with the Outport Arts Foundation teaching art to the children of the area. Bolt returned to Hibbs Cove in the summers of 1972 and 1973 to teach art in the Old School House in Hibb’s Cove, now a museum. It is surprising to see that the museum still houses a collaborative beach project made by the children who attended the art classes at that time.
Since then Bolt has been back to Newfoundland many times on photographic and sketching trips. He completed a one month artist residency in Gros Morne National Park in the year 2000 and also participated in the Visiting Artists’ program at St. Michael’s Printshop.
“I suppose I have the sea in my genes. My maternal grandmother was born in Newfoundland and my paternal grandfather was a lay missionary to the fisherman out of Grimsby in northern Yorkshire. Whenever I come back to where I can see and feel the ocean, it lifts me up. Standing on the shore I feel part of a great mystery, part of the miracle of being alive. As an artist and a romantic, I agree with the legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. He said “Art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder”
—Ron Bolt, RCA